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Considering travel with a mobile phone or tablet?

Will you travel with your mobile phone?
Will you travel with a tablet/iPad?

If you answered Yes to either of those questions, even if you just travel for personal reasons, then this guide is for you:

Mobile Device Usage Guidelines
for UC Staff Who Travel

In addition to these guidelines being just plain useful, if you are planning to use a UC mobile device while travelling, you also need to be aware of your responsibilities around its use and how you can make the best use of it.


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Type Using Macrons

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.

To type a macron, tap the ~ key followed by the vowel that you wish to place a macron above.
eg,  ~+a = ā~+A = Ā

Note: the ~ key, or tilde key, is just below the Esc key in the upper left corner of the computer keyboard

Macrons will only work if you have first enabled macrons on the computer or device you wish to use macrons on.

To configure your Outlook email to display macrons  consistently you need to set Outlook’s Options to use something called Unicode UTF-8 encoding. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either! Don’t worry, it’s a simple process and here’s how:

PC: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/setting-outlook-use-utf8-32242.html

MAC: Go to your Mac’s Outlook Preferences > Composing. Then look for the label Preferred encoding for new messages and select Unicode (UTF-8).

My colleagues and I have written some other Tech Tips for macrons that you may find useful too:

Te tohutō: The macron and how to enable the Māori keyboard

Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard

Type on an iPhone or iPad using Macrons

Type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons


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Type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons

We talked about Using Macrons on an iPhone or iPad, back on the 14  August.

For all you Samsung users, now’s your turn.
Here’s how you type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons.

(I’m referring to the Samsung Galaxy S4 here, but the concept should be the same for other Samsung models. Yes, I’m an iPhone user.)

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.
Want to know more?http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/english/resources_e/index.shtml

To enable a Macron when you’re typing on a Samsung Galaxy S4:

  1. When you’re typing, hold down the key for the character that requires a macron.
    – A small gallery appears, showing different accent examples for that character.
  2. Choose the example with the macron.
    – That character is inserted into your text, with a macron.
  3. Carry on typing.
  4. Repeat this process preceding each character that requires a macron.

NOTE: If you find you are missing the option for ō, install and set up the Google keyboard.

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Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard
Type on a PC Using Macrons

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2 more Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

Last week we looked at 3 ways to make our cell phone batteries last longer.  Today we have 2 more.

I’ll refer to the Apple iPhone here, but the principles apply to all cell phones.

1) Set your email to fetch manually
If your email is automatically fetching every few minutes, that is taking your battery life away.
You can select the option to check for new email manually, unless you suffer from extreme FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
Go to:
>Settings >Mail, Contacts, Calendars >Fetch New Data, and select Manual.
However, do note that when you check for new email you will have to open the email app and then swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to force it to check for new email. That’s the Manual part of the deal!

This next one I was already going to add, but I want to credit Glen Koorey who suggested it last week in the comments. Thanks Glen!

2) Don’t let apps track your location
GPS is another major battery sucker.
You can deactivate the option to share your location from:
>Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Either turn everything off, or select app by app.

Adapted from:  5 simple iPhone tricks that will make your battery last way longer

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3 Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

Remember when our cell phones used to stay alive for days without any need to charge them? But that was before they could do everything.

We now  depend on these powerful handheld computers more than ever, referring to them numerous times throughout the day – but let’s face it, the battery usually runs out sooner than we think it should, and at times this can be a major problem.

Here are three simple tips to manage your battery life so that you’ll be able to send that last tweet before going to sleep.
Next week I’ll share some more.

I’ll refer to the Apple iPhone here, but the principles apply to all cell phones.

1) Turn off the connections you are not using
To switch off  cellular/mobile data, go into:
>Settings > Cellular (or Mobile), and turn off Cellular Data / Mobile Data.
Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular data (also called mobile data) (3G-4G) are awesome to keep you connected to the world, but they drain your battery like nothing else (except maybe the camera app or a video). Switch these off anytime you are not using them and your battery life will increase significantly. You can turn Wifi and Bluetooth off by swiping up on your home screen and tapping their symbols.

Turning off cellular/mobile data is a little more drastic because you then won’t be able to browse the web or receive email, unless you’re connected to WiFi. So you might not switch it off very often. However, if you really need to conserve battery power, switching off cellular/mobile data while you don’t need it is one way to do so. Just remember you’ll need to switch it back on when you need to to browse the web or receive email.

2) Decrease the brightness of your screen
Naturally, your screen takes a lot of energy to work. While you need your screen on in order to use your phone, you can turn down the brightness by swiping up from the home screen.
Or better still, switch on Auto-Brightness:
>Settings >Display & Brightness >Auto-Brightness
After all, why have the screen blazing away when it’s daylight? Auto-Brightness senses the ambient light-levels and adjusts the screen accordingly.

3) DON’T close the apps you open
Well, first we were told we should be closing all our apps. Now we are told that having some apps open in the background doesn’t consume more battery than opening and closing them all the time. Closing apps to save battery is a myth. So, if you’re an iPhone user, leave them alone.

Adapted from:  5 simple iPhone tricks that will make your battery last way longer

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